I thought it would be easy.
All I needed was a small grow tent for my clones. I wanted to put it under a staircase in my basement, so it needed to be short.
If you're also looking for a tent for a small indoor grow setup, you'll know exactly what I found.
There are shockingly few options when it comes to micro grow tents and finding them takes forever, because online stores don't let you sort by size.
I spent almost a week researching to come up with a list of the smallest tents on the market. I whittled the list down to the 6 best.
Some of these tents are on this list because they are short. Others are taller, but take up little floor space. The short ones are especially well suited as clone grow tents. The taller ones are perfect single plant grow tents.
Top 6 Small Grow Tents
This is the shortest tent on this list at only 2 feet tall. It was designed specifically for seeds and clones and is perfect for that purpose. Heavy duty oxford cloth covers the exterior and safe, non-toxic, reflective, silver, waterproof Mylar lines the inside.
The tent has three 6 inch round vents and one vent 4 inches in diameter. It also has a 12 by 6 inch rectangular vent and a built-in window with a Velcro cover, so you can view your plants without exposing them to the air.
Due to its height, you can't use metal-halide lights in this little Yield Lab tent (they'd burn the plants), but you wouldn't generally use MH for seeds and clones anyway. Fluorescent lights or LEDs are ideal, especially LED fixtures with a specialized spectrum for vegging.
This tent also makes for the perfect clone room. It's a foot taller than the one from Yield Lab, but takes up less floor space. Quality-wise, it's slightly below the Yield Lab tent, but still good. The outside is made from 900D canvas (2 to 3 times thicker than most Chinese tents on the market) and the inside is lined with reflective Mylar.
This Lighthouse Hydro tent has two 6 inch ports at the top for ventilation and two 4 inch ports at the bottom for tubing and electrical access. It has an additional three 11.5 by 3 inch vents for air intake. The sturdy frame holds up to 100 pounds of equipment and includes two 50 inch adjustable hanging straps to hang that equipment.
The ideal lights for this tent are LED lights with a specialized vegging spectrum or a 24 inch T5 fluorescent fixture.
The tallest tent on this list (and it comes with a free 9 inch extension kit so you can make it taller still), the Shorty 225 doesn't take up much floor space, despite its height. It is also the most expensive tent included here, but that's because Gorilla tents are a much higher quality than the rest.
The Shorty 225 is made with a huge thread density of 1680D, which is 3-9 times denser than any other grow tent ever made. The solid 100% metal interlocking frame is 2-5 times stronger than any competitor's tent and can hold up to 300 pounds. Add to that tightly reinforced seals, strong zippers, and thick viewing windows and you can be sure your plants are well-protected.
Due to its height, this tent can be used for a full grow cycle and can hold any type of light. Of course, since it is only 2 by 2.5 feet, you wouldn't want to put too powerful a light inside, but a 400 watt HID light or a 200-or-so watt LED light would work perfectly.
The Quictent Hydroponic Grow Tent is the smallest tent on this list, in terms of floor space it takes up. Due to its size, it is the perfect single plant grow tent. And even though it is a bit taller than most of the other tents here, it's still short enough to fit in a closet.
This tent has thicker net poles (up to 0.8 mm), making the whole frame more solid. It holds up to 50 pounds of lights and other equipment. It has a highly reflective silver PET Mylar lining and is made from thermally protected material that reflects 97% of all radiant heat.
The canvas is 600D Oxford fabric. It is tear resistant and double stitched to prevent any light leakage. The tent has three ports at the top for ventilation and two at the bottom for electrical access, plus three mesh windows.
This is a great tent for anyone growing a single plant in their closet or other confined space or for a small clone room. Since it's a bit taller, you could even use lower wattage HID lighting (250 watts or 400 watts would be my recommendation). We don't sell this tent in our store, but you can find it on Amazon.
This tent sits pretty much in the middle in terms of dimensions, which makes it a great all-around small indoor grow tent. You can use it to grow a plant or two or as a specialized grow room.
A heavy duty exterior and a reflective Mylar interior combine with a sturdy, tubular metal frame to ensure your plants stay safely protected from the environment. It comes with a waterproof floor tray and two heavy-duty support bars with robust metal rings to hang your lights and other equipment.
The Milliard tent has three ports at the top for ventilation and two at the bottom for electrical ducting. Everything is sealed with durable reinforced zippers.
Due to its height, you can use any type of light, as long as it's not too powerful, but a smaller LED fixture would be ideal (around 200 watts). If used as a cloning tent, fluorescent lighting would work well, too. We don't sell this tent on Grow Light Central, but you can find it on Amazon.
The Quictent mini tent is another option with the same dimensions as the Milliard above. It works great as a small indoor grow setup for a plant or two or as a tent for clones and seedlings.
The interior is 100% reflective waterproof and tear-proof Mylar and the exterior is high-quality, heavy-duty polyester. It is puncture, mildew and water resistant. Durable double stitching, heavy-duty zippers, a strong 16mm steel pole frame and two extra roof bars for added support make this a tough tent that will keep your plants safe from harm.
At 36 inches in height, you can hang smaller HID lights in this tent, but as with all small tents, LED or fluorescent lighting is preferable. You can hang them closer to your plants without causing damage and they generate less heat. We don't sell this tent in our store either, but you can check it out on Amazon.
It wasn't easy to find the best small grow tents on the market. Online stores don't offer a way to sort their products by size, so I ended up creating a spreadsheet of almost a hundred small horticultural tents along with their dimension and then sorting that list by size.
It took about a week, but it resulted in a list of all the smallest tents available. Then it was just a matter of choosing the best, which was actually quite easy. Most tents simply aren't very good.
In the end, I went with the Yield Lab tent for my clones, but that doesn't mean it's the best of the six listed here. It was just the best for my needs. Hopefully this list helps you find the perfect tiny tent for your plants as well.
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